U.S.A. of Yesterday Museum

Those interested in steam engines and early American mechanical developments should certainly visit the ''U.S.A. of Yesterday'' Museum at Dundee in Central Florida. Those with technical interest will receive a special personal welcome from Earl L. Smith,

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I have threshed nearly all my life. When I was a boy my father owned two horsepower threshing outfits and I did drive the horses on the power on many occasions.

In the year 1902, my father purchased his first new steam outfit, a Case 15 hp and a 32 in. cyl Case wooden separator, self feeder, straw blower and weighter.

I had two brothers, 9 and 11 years older than I and all three of us followed the harvest doing custom threshing in Washington, Republic, Clay and Cloud county in Kansas, also some in Nebraska. Our threshing outfits were always in A-1 condition and were always in demand.

The last real grain threshing I did was in 1952. I threshed a job of stacked oats, however I have threshed small amounts of grain for exhibition purposes (wheat and oats), but I threshed a good deal of alfalfa and sweet clover after grain threshing ceased, due to combines.

I wonder what C.O.D. stands for-let us know if you have the answer-Anna Mae).

Exact to the original length 6'2' x 2'9' wide. Weight 51/4cwt. Coal fired, multi-tubular boiler. Tested 200 water pressure steam at 60 psi. Boiler holds 4 gallon. Tender tank 5 gallons. Burns anything. Boiler fed by pump, two speed. Mechanical lubricator. Fencing compulsion by low cylinder. Bore three inches, by four inches stroke. Stephenson Link Valve Gear runs non stop at Rallies 10 AM to 6 PM.

(Please see letter from George W. Eves).

During the thirties, I 'engineered' several smaller gas rigs. One was a 24 in. IHC separator with a McCormick-Deering 10-20 tractor for power and the other was a 28 in. Red River Special separator and a 15-30 McCormick tractor. On our farm we had one of the first McCormick Deering 15-30s in the area and it was used until 1937, mostly for plowing, silo filling, etc.

Since 1942 I have been an aircraft mechanic, but on our acreage I have a 1937 F-20 Farmall for a pet.

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